You might have heard of a few different cannabis oils like CBD oil and FECO oil. When it comes to cannabis oils, the proof is in the purity and profile.
Let’s start with extraction methods: The three most common extractions used to make popular FECO cannabis oils or RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) on the market today are BHO (Butane), Isopro (Alcohol), and Carbon Dioxide (Co2).
The most used by drug dealers and DIY methods are Isopropyl/Ethanol. This method is by far the cheapest and easiest method but the most toxic as well. The problem is that the byproduct used needs to be removed from cannabis oils so that there are no chemicals left in the extraction, and only the trichomes (the glands that contain the medicinal cannabinoids) are present. This process is completed with a vacuum system that is quite expensive. You lose medicinal terpenes from about 37 degrees Celsius. If this process is not used, as a result people will become nauseous and sick. Lastly, depending on the temperature used, decarboxylation can take place. If you are using a cannabis flower with THCa or CBDa cannabinoid profile, this will turn it into THC that will make you “high” and the CBDa into CBD. All cannabinoids are essential, and depending on what you are treating, this information is crucial.
The endocannabinoid system within the human body is a natural forming system that regulates a wide variety of physiological processes, such as mood, memory, and appetite. When a deficiency or other defect occurs, the likelihood of disease increases.
When cannabis oil is ingested, cannabinoids immediately bind to cannabinoid receptors, which are most commonly found in the brain and immune system. The effects on the human body differ based on the specific receptors to which they bind. CBN, or cannabinol, for instance, binds specifically to CB-2 receptors. Depending on the ratio of cannabinoids ingested, they will have a different effect on the body. Read our previous blog, https://canna-bliz.com/2020/01/14/your-body-has-2-receptors-for-cannabinoids/ for more info on this.
Here you can see the different cannabinoids and the different ailments they treat:
THCA is the main constituent in raw cannabis. THCA converts to Δ9-THC when burned, vaporized, or heated at a specific temperature. TH YA, CBDA, CBGA, and other acidic cannabinoids hold the most COX-1 and COX-2 inhibition, contributing to cannabis’ anti-inflammatory effects. This cannabinoid also acts as an antiproliferative and antispasmodic.
The most abundant cannabinoid present in marijuana, THC, is responsible for its well-known psychoactive effects. THC acts as a partial agonist at the CB1 and CB2 receptors. This compound is a mild analgesic or painkiller, and cellular research has shown that it has antioxidant activity.
Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA)
CBDA, similar to THCA, is the main constituent in cannabis with elevated CBD levels. CBDA selectively inhibits the COX-2 enzyme, contributing to cannabis’ anti-inflammatory effects.
CBD has tremendous medical potential. This statement is particularly true when the correct ratio of CBD to THC is applied to treat a particular condition. CBD acts as an antagonist at both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, yet it has a low binding affinity for both. This suggests that CBD’s mechanism of action is mediated by other receptors in the brain and body.
CBN is a mildly psychoactive cannabinoid that is a result of the degradation of THC. It usually has very little to no CBN in a fresh plant. CBN acts as a weak agonist at both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, with greater affinity for CB2 receptors than CB1. The degradation of THC into CBN is often described as creating a sedative effect.
A non-psychoactive cannabinoid, namely CBG, has antibacterial effects that can alter the overall results of cannabis. CBG is thought to kill or slow bacterial growth, reduce inflammation (particularly in its acidic CBGA form), inhibit cell growth in tumor/cancer cells, and promote bone growth. It acts as a low-affinity antagonist at the CB1 receptor. CBG’s pharmacological activity at the CB2 receptor is currently unknown.
CBC is most frequently found in tropical cannabis varieties. CBC is known to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, inhibit cell growth in tumor/cancer cells, and promote bone growth. The effects of CBC appear to be mediated through non-cannabinoid receptor interactions.
THCV is a minor cannabinoid found in only certain strains of cannabis. The only structural difference between THCV and THC is the presence of a propyl (3 carbon) group, rather than a pentyl (5 carbon) group, on the molecule. Though this variation may seem subtle, it causes THCV to produce very different effects than THC. These effects include a reduction in panic attacks, suppression of appetite, and the promotion of bone growth. THCV acts as an antagonist at the CB1 receptor and a partial agonist at the CB2 receptor.
Like THCV, CBDV differs from CBD only by the substitution of a pentyl (5 carbon) for a propyl (3 carbon) sidechain. Although research on CBDV is still in its initial stages, recent studies have shown promise for its use in the management of epilepsy. This is due to its action at TRPV1 receptors and modulation of gene expression.
The best method for extraction is Co2 Critical. This, of course, is the most expensive extraction method and uses no chemicals:
What you put in is what you get out!
You most probably have all seen that black oil, right? Low-quality FECO oils extracted from a low-quality outdoor cannabis flower come out black – they undergo no further processing. Similarly, black oils are inconsistent in composition and effectiveness. Black oils also taste disgusting and unbearable. When tested, some black FECO oils contain vastly different concentrations from what is advertised on the packaging. For any course of treatment, consistency of use and dosage is critical, making it futile to invest in black untested FECO oil to achieve specific results.
Only golden oils extracted from medicinal clean and high quality grown cannabis flower offers consistency in the cannabinoid content and potential health benefits that keep customers coming back for more. 90% of cannabis flowers found today are 90%+ THC and contain little to no other cannabinoids. This is why it is so important to know what flower you are using to make your medicine. Thanks to science, today we can make nature and science work together to produce the best natural medicine ever. Extracting various cannabinoids and terpenes from different cannabis flowers builds a vast spectrum of FECO oil containing a broader range of cannabinoids that could not come forth in nature. This, being real alchemy.
Below, we look at a few reasons why lab tested golden Co2 extracted FECO oil is better than black oil:
- No Chemicals
- You can see for yourself what is in the product with COA (certificate of analysis)
- Higher and more consistent content
- Better taste & smell
- The entourage effect
- You get your money’s worth
- Easier to self medicate